Edgewater College Newsletter
Term 2  Issue 2 - 30 May 2018
Edgewater College receiving Ms. Louise Addison as Principal at her Powhiri held at Te Tahawai Marae on Monday 30 April.
Dear Parents / Caregivers

What an incredibly warm welcome I have had to Edgewater College – it is such a pleasure to lead such a vibrant and motivated learning community and I am really enjoying getting to know our staff, students and their families.

On my first day I spoke to all students about what I want for them as students at Edgewater College:

I want our students to find their passions and talents, including skills and abilities in areas that they hadn’t even considered before they walked through our school gates.

I want them to work and play well with others, this is a learning community and when we work together as students and teachers and parents then we can all achieve our very best.

I know at times they will make mistakes, as that is an essential part of learning, but what is most important is that they learn from them, and not repeat them – and go on to make different mistakes in the future and learn from those too.

I want our students to be ready and prepared for all the exciting futures they will get to have with lots of options available to them because they have meaningful qualifications and the skills and attributes to continue learning throughout their lives.

Lastly I want our students to make a difference in the world – whether in the sciences, or the arts, or technology, or business, or all of the above, I want Edgewater College graduates to be world leaders and world changers.

In order to achieve these goals I have expectations of every student at our school. 

I expect behaviour that means everyone is able to learn.  That every student feels safe and included and ready to do their very best. I will not accept anything less.

I expect that this school will be a place we can all be proud of and respect.  Our students can show respect for themselves and others by turning up on time and ready to learn and by meeting deadlines.  Respect is also shown when they wear their uniform correctly, including on the way to and from school.  In this regard I would ask for your help as parents to ensure that your child has a winter jersey or jacket as we enter these colder months.  We do have the option of paying off such items of uniform as well – please contact your child’s dean to arrange this. 

Finally this week is also Samoan Language week with a theme of “Alofa atu nei.  Alofa mai taeao – Kindness given. Kindness gained”.  A great message for us as a school community where caring for each other is an essential part of ensuring that all students can achieve their very best.

Ia manuia
Louise Addison

Please read the latest Times article:


Please note that students are not allowed to order takeaways and have food delivered to the school reception during the school day.  Students need to organise lunch before school, or purchase food from the School Tuck Shop during the day. 

Our reception staff have been informed that any food that is delivered to the school is to be kept at the school reception and will only be able to be collected after school finishes at 3.20pm. Your support with this would be appreciated.

Wednesday 13 June

It’s our big careers event of the year – over 35 exhibitors from training organisations and Universities will be here at school to talk to students about careers and training options. 

Career Conversations begin at home, so all Caregivers and Whanau are also invited to attend to learn more about career choices for your students. 

The students will be taken through the Expo during specific periods as outlined below. 

You can choose to attend at the same time as your child or come at any other time between 9.30am and 12.45pm that fits with your schedule.

Year 11 and 10G, 10R, 10C: 9.30am to 10.15am
Year 13 and 10E, 10D: 10.15am to 11.15am plus interval
Year 9 students visit during interval: 11.15am to 11.45am
Year 12 and 10 C: 11.45am to 12.45pm

For more information go to our School website:

Last week Edgewater College participated in the nationwide Pink Shirt Day to continue to spread the anti-bullying message. As part of the event a prize was awarded to the "Best in pink" class (including the teacher) that had 100% attendance on the day.
Congratulations to Mrs Sheahan's Japanese class for their outstanding effort!
The teachers of the PE department did a pretty good job as well.

Pink Shirt Day, an anti-bullying campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation
ART TO WHERE? 2018 - Wearable Arts

Art to Where? 2018 was hosted here at Edgewater College by Miss Cunningham in the Art Department. Art to Where? is an interschool Wearable Art competition and showcase. The show was part of the East Auckland Arts Festival and sold out a week before show night. This year Edgewater College, Botany Downs Secondary College, Sommerville Intermediate and Howick Intermediate entered the competition. We had over 80 entries in four different categories, from recycling to glittery outfits, circus themed costumes and finally our Dragvant Garde category. This year the show was all about diversity and inclusivity. The money raised from the show will go towards making our school more rainbow friendly and buying extra supplies for the Art Department.
We would like to thank our sponsors who provided over $2000 worth of prizes for our deserving winners. Sponsors are GJ Garner Botany, Botany Town Centre, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design and Liz Mitchell.
Two groups from Edgewater College won two of the main prizes.
Motoria Tano took out the Best Senior Wearable Art garment.
Keigin Halasitama and Tulin Sun won the Whitecliffe Prize for Innovative Design Concept and Execution.
We also had many groups perform from Edgewater College, including our Kapa Haka, the Papua boys, Hawaiian girls and a Cook Island solo dance. We also had a lot of students helping backstage. Overall the event was a great success and students enjoyed having a new event hosted here at Edgewater. We would like to extend a thanks to the dance troops from Sommerville Intermediate and Botany Downs Secondary College who also performed.
I just want to say a huge thanks to the many staff at Edgewater College that helped out backstage and in particular Mr Xavier Manetto our sound and lighting technician, Mr Allan Vester that helped with lighting and Mr Martin Harper who helped with building our staging and many odd jobs.

Written by Ms. M Cunningham
Motoria Tano (yr 13) won The Uxbridge Arts Centre Best Senior Award.
Tulin Sun and Keigin Halasitana (yr 12) won the Whitecliffe Prize for Innovative Design Concept and Execution.
Trip to Wero White Water Rafting Park
It’s 8am on Wednesday morning, the students are sleepy yet excited for their little camp warm up.  We arrive at Wero White Water Rafting park and are taken to watch a safety video before gearing up and following instructions.  We get in the water and learn how to understand the paddle movements before heading up the little escalator that takes us to our first challenge.  The first and second time around we just rode the mad current with full-on dips and waves.  Third time around we started to surf the mad dips and it was pretty hectic!  We saw people fall out of the rafts as well as struggle to contain their laughter as they surfed.  Our last challenge on our amazing journey to Wero was the waterfall, dropping straight off a 4-metre-high ledge, nose first.
Written by Charina Brown
Surf Camp Adventure at Marapouri
Our 4 day surf camp adventure at Matapouri was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our Level 2 and 3 Outdoor Education class.  Through all the crashes, bruises and ‘drowning’ we managed to have the best time ever learning how to surf.  At first we all found it so difficult to stand up on the boards and try to surf but we all got there in the end.  The best part of camp was being able to accomplish our goal to surf which benefits us for the future.  We were all really proud of each other and being on camp brought us closer together as one big family.  Surf camp is by far the best school trip we’ve been on and the rest of the class would probably agree.
Written by Lavinia Ngatoko and Charina Brown
Celebrating Past Students
This is a lovely success story from one of our former pupils, Natasha Dutt. She has recently been published in  the NZIMLS Journal (Medical Research).
Mrs D. Truter

You can download this article, by clicking on the link below.
http://Download this article as PDF - nzimls
General Notices

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Remember you can now login to our Parent Portal through our School website: www.
If contact details change at any time for your child, please remember to update the school office.
You can email these changes to
This term we will send home a contact details form with every child, please check this form and if there are changes return the form to our school reception for updating.

Our School Uniform
As the colder months are fast approaching our Uniform Shop have in stock a Soft shell Jacket (Free Name Embroidery included).

Just click on this link:
View Uniform Information & Shop Hours Here
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